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WHO recommends rapid detection and treatment for MDR-T patients

The World Health Organization (WHO) has recommended a new rapid detection and a cheaper treatment regime for tackling multidrug resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB), which should significantly improve treatment outcomes for patients. “

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TB research funding falls $1.3bn short of targets

Funding for tuberculosis (TB) research fell $1.3 billion short of global targets last year, threatening worldwide goals to eliminate the disease between 2030 and 2035, researchers said on Monday. The Treatment Action Group (TAG),

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TB now rivals AIDS as a leading cause of death

For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Wednesday. It found that 1.1 million people died of TB i

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TB now rivals AIDS as a leading cause of death

For the first time, tuberculosis infections rivaled HIV/AIDS as a leading cause of death from infectious diseases, the World Health Organization said in a report released on Wednesday. It found that 1.1 million people died of TB i

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TB vaccine shortage sparks alert in Bahrain

A vaccine crucial for immunisation against tuberculosis (TB) is currently in short supply in Bahrain, a leading doctor has revealed. Al Hilal Hospital paediatrician Dr Akhtar Amin said that several patients had come back to him after being una

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Bahrain urged to rethink TB policy

Bahrain’s national policy on tuberculosis elimination is outdated and needs to be revised, a visiting team of international health experts has warned. Highly infectious and often fatal, tuberculosis - or TB - is spread throu

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‘Expats more likely to have TB than Bahrainis'

Foreign workers in Bahrain are more likely to have tuberculosis than Bahrainis, according to experts. Health Ministry statistics for the last 10 years indicate that there are up to 26 cases per 100,000 foreign arrivals, said a rep

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WHO calls on the world to ‘Gear up to End TB’ 


The World Health Organisation has called for ‘global solidarity action’ to support a new 20-year strategy aimed at ending the global tuberculosis epidemic, as countries mark World Tuberculosis Day on March 24.

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'Superbug' TB infects 32,000 kids every year

As many as 32,000 children worldwide become sick each year with a drug-resistant "superbug" strain of tuberculosis, according to new estimates by US researchers that for the first time quantify rates of this difficult-to-treat form of

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Bone marrow stem cells can beat drug-resistant TB

Patients with potentially fatal "superbug" forms of tuberculosis (TB) could in future be treated using stem cells taken from their own bone marrow, according to the results of an early-stage trial of the technique. The f

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